The premise of this series is to crawl through the biblical text and determine how each of God's actions were full of Truth and Grace, the 2 characteristics describing Jesus in John 1:14,17. 

We often think that God was 'justice' in the Old Testament and was 'love' in the New Testament. Nothing could be further from the truth. I hope this series will help show that God never changed and was equally Truth and Grace from the very beginning. 

---GENESIS
1
Truth created the world, Grace made it good for man
Truth created the world in order, Grace created man, in His image, at the end of the order so man could benefit from it
2
Truth created the world in six days, Grace rested the seventh day
Truth created the world, Grace gave man dominion over it and blessed him
Truth created and forbade the Tree of knowledge of Good and Evil, Grace created and gave the Tree of Life and whole Garden of Eden
Truth put man in the Garden to work and keep it, Grace gave him a helper called Eve, and created marriage
Truth gave man specific instructions in the Garden, Grace walked with him everyday
3
Truth forbade them to eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, Grace gave man the freedom to choose
Truth revealed man's nakedness, Grace killed an animal, provided man with coats of skins and covered his sin
Truth shamed man into hiding, Grace sought them out
Truth pronounced judgment on Adam and Eve, Grace spared their lives, clothed them, prophesised of the coming hope in Christ, gave them a family
4
Truth rejoiced in Abel's offering and rejected Cain's, Grace told Cain how to do right offerings
Truth pronounced judgment on Cain, Grace spared his life, protected him and gave him a family
5
Truth brought death to Adam's seed, Grace gave them many many years
Truth was Enoch's guide, Grace took him before he died
 
 
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 1:14

The 'Grace and Christ' series focuses on the aspects of His ministry on Earth and how He demonstrated Grace.

It is as interesting to see the way Christ demonstrated Grace to others and dispensed truth at the same time. This series will analyse these interactions and see the measure of Grace and Truth in every word he spoke.

But before that, there is one particular group that Christ had very little Grace for. It has fascinated me as to why thieves, prostitutes and killers deserved His Grace, but the Pharisees, the Sadducees and the scribes ? They received very little Grace and mostly truthful judgments close to 40 times in the Gospels.

We can read the interactions of Christ with them in the following passages:
Matt 12:34, 39, 15:7, 16:4, 19:8, 21:12,13, 22:18, 23:3, 13 - 37
Mark 3:5, 5:40, 7:6, 11:15, 12:15, 24, 27, 38
Luke 11:29-52, 12:1, 56, 13:15, 32, 34, 16:14

He openly called them brood of vipers, self-righteous, hypocrites, hard-hearted, blind guides, white-washed or unmarked tombs, wicked and an evil generation.  

So why was He so hard on them ? The answer is found in James 4:6 : But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

The Pharisees had pride.

Pride to believe they knew God more than Christ. Pride to prioritise some parts of the law above others. Pride to make up laws above God's laws. Pride to try to bait Christ publicly to ridicule Him. Pride to impose rules on others but not on themselves. Pride to judge others instead of looking at their own hearts. Pride to not want to see the Grace that was before them. Pride to refuse to hear the Truth that was taught to them. Pride to plot and kill Him instead of giving in to Him.

When I look in the mirror, are there things there that resemble reasons as to why Christ refused Grace to the Pharisees ? I want Grace. I need Grace. I crave Grace. So I will learn from their example and take it as caution for my life.

Pride. It's the Grace-killer.

 

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